This place is super hard to photograph! A huge room to try and fill with any light with every wall covered in dark foam you feel like you are out in space in here!


The large anechoic chamber at the now demolished site is the last remaining building at a site steeped in cold war history. The wider site developed jet engines and naval gas turbine engines for fifty years and was the leading site in the world for this kind of research. The anechoic chamber tested the acoustic properties of the various engines and was in use by private aerospace companies until fairly recently. There are plans for a housing developer to build a large estate on the land and this may see the chamber demolished fairly soon. For over 50 years this site was at the forefront of gas turbine development. It was probably the largest site of its kind in the world. V bomber, Harrier and Tornado engines were tested on site. The power of the air house allowed Concorde's engines to be tested at 2,000 mph. Every gas turbine installed in Royal Navy ships was checked here; captured Soviet engines were discreetly examined. the site closed down in 2000 and was decommissioned to make way for a business park and now a large housing development.